The town of Imst, Austria, where Elizabeth Waid (WFU19) will be teaching English as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant
Spring is usually an exciting place on college campuses, as students learn of summer fellowships, internships, and post-graduate opportunities. For our department, even more so: we have had a record-breaking yield on student honors, awards, and fellowships. Take a look at the following updates we have received to date:
Our department always has a number of successful Fulbright applicants each year. These students usually go on to spend a year in Germany, Austria, or, recently, the Czech Republic, to teach English to high school students. This year, 25% of the WFU students selected as Fulbright semi-finalists were from the German and Russian Department! From that list, the following were selected as recipients or alternates:
Jessica Wu (Mathematical Economics & German Major, 2019) has received a Fulbright Teaching Assistant award to spend next year teaching English at a German high school;
Elizabeth Waid (Economics & German Major, 2019) has been named an alternate for a German Fulbright Teaching Assistantship, and has also been awarded the parallel award to teach English next year in Austria;
Emily Beeland (Sociology & German Studies Major, 2019) has been named an alternate for Austrian Teaching Assistantship. And hold onto your hats: she has also been offered a job at Walt Disney World, starting this June!
In addition to those exciting year-long stays, FOUR of our students have been offered a WFU Richter Grant, which funds summer travel and research abroad. These are competitive awards, so having four people from our department – let along from a department of our small size – is outstanding. Take a look at their fascinating proposed projects:
Riley Phillips (Studio Art & German Major) will be based in Berlin, researching the intersections between German internationalism and the world of high fashion;
Cameron Allen (Politics & International Affairs) will be pursuing her project “An Exploration of Modern Afro-German Activism”;
Sunny Calhoun (Women & Gender Studies) will be researching a project titled “German Queer Public Histories”;
Andy Weicheng Jiang (Mathematical Economics Major & Russian Minor) will be travelling to Koenigsberg and Gdansk, where he will explore the shifting cultural identities of these places after the Second World War.
Our students are very lucky to have Dr. Heiko Wiggers as a mentor for all things related to internships. This year, after a competitive application process, including rigorous rounds interviews, two students have been offered paid internships in Germany:
Nick Mazzella (German & Finance Major, 2020) will be with Ernst & Young in Frankfurt;
Will McKay (German & Business Major, 2020) will be returning to Kieselbronn to work with Elvation a medical device company. They liked him so much last summer that they hired him again!
In our batch of last year’s graduates, Kimberly Annas
(2018) has been accepted into the Ph.D. program for Germanic Languages and Literatures at Washington University in St. Louis, starting this fall.
And the good news doesn’t stop with the students! Associate Professor Grant McAllister was recently named the Levison Faculty Fellow. This is one of a very small number of faculty fellowships awarded each year to the most outstanding teacher-scholars at WFU. Competition for this honor is extremely rigorous, so a huge congratulations to Dr. McAllister!
Congratulations, everyone! The joy we get from teaching you is beyond measure. May your adventures be equally thrilling!
And students: if you have exciting news to share about your plans for next year, let us know so that we can brag about you, too!